It hit me that the Chinese Lunar New Year and Super Bowl Sunday will be on the same week this year. So, I think these Pork Adobo Sliders in Steamed Bao Buns are just what you need. The recipe is versatile enough to serve at either occasion or both if you fancy.
Last week I shared my recipe for the classic Filipino dish — Instant Pot Pork Adobo with Spinach which we had for dinner. Adobo leftovers are even better a day or two after. By then, the garlic-vinegar flavors would have fully seeped into the tender pork chunks. In the past, I would deep-fry the shreds to a crisp to make Adobo Fried Rice, a two-in-one meal for my kids.
This time, I had steamed bao buns from the Asian market. These are made of flour, yeast and water. The soft, billowy buns are like what is used to make steamed siopao. When we lived in the Philippines, I would make siopao asado buns from scratch. I still do. But life in America is fast-paced and after work or weekends, I don’t always have the time to knead siopao dough from scratch. These pure white, round or square-shaped pre-steamed buns from the Asian grocery are convenient and reasonably-priced. I buy a pack of 12 open-faced bao buns. So, I can fill it up with pork, beef, chicken or vegetables and have a variety of sliders or sandwiches to feed my family.
If you’re serving this for brunch, snacks or a meal, and are expecting company you can cook the Pork Adobo days ahead – either in the Instant Pot or stove-top. Refrigerate or freeze the adobo. The day you’re serving it, shred the adobo into flakes and deep fry them till they sizzle and are crunchy. The tempting garlic-vinegar aromas might tempt you to dive into the skillet and try some. That’s okay. Just leave enough of the crisp, savory pork filling for the fluffy bao bun sliders.
Pork Adobo Sliders in Steamed Bao Buns
- 2 cups cooked chicken or pork adobo flakes shredded
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 6 to 8 pieces Chinese steamed bao buns
- 1 to 2, whole tomatoes sliced, for filling
- 1 medium-sized cucumber peeled, sliced
- 1 stalk scallions sliced, for garnish
- fried eggs for serving (optional)
- Shred cooked pork adobo (or chicken adobo) into flakes. Drain the cooked and shredded meat on paper towels to remove liquid.
- In a large skillet or wok, over medium-high heat, add the vegetable oil. When oil is hot enough, or an instant-read thermometer shows oil temperature is at 350 F, deep fry the adobo flakes. Cook in batches. The flakes will get crisp in about 3 to 5 minutes. Make sure not to burn the adobo flakes.
- Using a large turner or spatula, remove the flakes from the skillet or wok. Drain the pork adobo flakes on parchment paper to remove excess oil.
- Prepare pre-steamed bao buns by placing on a large plate. Place damp paper towels under and over the bao buns. Microwave on High for 1 minute and 30 seconds.
- Fill each bao bun with slices of cucumbers and tomatoes. Take about 2 tablespoons of the adobo flakes and fill the bao bun, placing the meat on the tomatoes.
- Garnish with scallion greens. Serve fried eggs on the side if desired.
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